Anti-Terrorism Day 2022: Theme, History

Each year on May 21, Anti-Terrorism Day is observed on the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. In 1991, he was assassinated in a suicide bombing, by a woman belonging to the Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE) terrorist troop while campaigning for his political party, Congress at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest prime minister of India after his mother Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984. He served as the Prime Minister from 1984 to 1989.

Anti-Terrorism Day Pledge

On Anti Terrorism Day an anti-terrorism pledge is taken in all government offices, public sector undertakings (PSUs) and other public organizations.

“We, the people of India, having abiding faith in our country’s tradition of non-violence and tolerance, hereby solemnly affirm to oppose with our strength, all forms of terrorism and violence. We pledge to uphold and promote peace, social harmony and understand among all fellow human beings and fight the forces of disruption threatening human lives and values.”